Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Publication Date: April 18, 2008
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* Commencement
* Exit Testing

* End-of-Semester Barbecue
* Manners

The ELI Weekly

Can you believe it's already here?

Congratulations, everyone. It's been a
long and tough semester, and you
should all be proud of the excellent
work you have done in all of your
classes. This coming week is very busy
with testing and end-of-semester
activities, so please read this issue of the
ELI Weekly carefully to make sure you
know about all of the things you need
to do to wrap up the term. This will be
the last issue of the Weekly for the
Spring Term, 2008.
The ELI Commencement Ceremony
will be held at the Reitz Union Rion
Ballroom on Friday, April 25th, from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. All students
and staff are welcome to attend. You
are encouraged to invite your friends
and relatives as well. Students will
receive their grades and class photos
after the ceremony. Everyone is
encouraged to dress up for the

On TOEFL Day, we will meet in front of
the Norman Hall Garage at 1pm and walk
you over to the Communicore at Shands.

On Thursday, April 24th, we will be
giving the CELT, our exit test, during

extended Reading/Writing Class
Hours. There will be no late exams
and no late students admitted to the
exams. All ELI students are required
to attend and take the test in order to
receive a certificate of completion from
the ELI. Please remember to be on
time. If you arrive late to the test, you
will not be permitted to take it, and you
will not receive a certificate of
completion from the ELI. The
schedule is as follows; sections refer to
Reading/Writing classes. We will hold
the test in your Reading/Writing
classes, but with extended times.
Morning Reading/Writing classes will
take the test from 8:15am until
10:30am. Afternoon Reading/Writing
classes will take the test from 3pm
until 5:15pm.
Note: Reading/Writing 60 will test
in Norman Hall Room 313.
Part-timers not taking
Reading/W_ i;n,,-, please see Scott in
the ELI Main Office to receive a test

This Saturday, April 19th, we are
holding our End of Semester
Barbecue at Ginnie Springs!

WHAT: Food, soccer, swimming,
tubing, volleyball, and much more! All

at beautiful Ginnie Springs. Lunch will
be catered by Sonny's Barbecue and
will be served around 12:30 PM.

WHEN: Saturday, April 19th. We will
meet at Norman Garage at 11:00 AM.
You can come back to Gainesville
whenever your car chooses to return,
probably around 4 PM. If it is raining
on Saturday, call 392-3354 ext. 230
after 9 AM and listen to the message to
find out if the trip has been moved to

COST: Entrance into the park is
$10.00 plus tax (this is a discount!!!) and
the barbecue is FREE and delicious!
Tube rental is $6 plus tax and we can
share tubes. Canoes can also be rented.

carpool trip. Ginnie Springs is about a
45-minute drive from Gainesville. You
MUST SIGN UP on the Activities
Board by 4 PM Thursday, April 17h. If
you are drivingyour own car-you must sign up
on the activities board so we can order food for
you!Also. szin up any friends and family
members that you are brining with you!

WHAT TO BRING: Wear your bathing
suit and bring a towel!!! Also bring
sunscreen. If you want to rent a tube or
canoe you will also need an ID and credit
card. Most importantly, bring an appetite
for good food and fun!

T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 14
April 18, 2008


Q: Why do Americans seem so surprised
when someone says hello and touches their
A: We adopted many of our customs
early on from English customs. In
England, as in most of Northern
Europe, there is less physical contact
than there is in much of Mediterranean
Europe. We might give a handshake to
someone we are meeting for the first
time as a sign of respect, but that's
about it for a lot of us. Of course,
when you grow up not being used to
being touched in greetings, it can be
startling when somebody does touch

Q: Why doyou have the electoral sstem
instead of directly electingyourpresident?
A: Wow. You guys really do pay
attention! This is a question that a lot
ofAmericans are .i-l:. ,too. The
main issue when our country was
created was one of fairness in the
division of the states. The current
electoral system allows for smaller
states (in population) to have a slightly
larger voice within the party system.
Each state gets a number of electors
equal to its representation in Congress.

The number is 2 Senators from each
state, and then Representatives based
on population. And then, in the
election, most of the states give ALL of
the electoral votes to the party that gets
even a simple majority.

Q: Why don'tAmericans try to discover more
about other cultures instead of developing such
ridiculous stereotypes?

A: That's a very good question. The
only answer I have is that, as with so
many habits that many of us consider
negative, it's easier to be complacent
and ignorant.

Q: Why are there so many silent letters in
English words?
A: English is a combination of many
different language influences. One of
the main languages that influenced
English vocabulary and spelling over
the centuries was French. French
arguably has more silent letters than
most Western languages (they kept a lot
of the Latin letters that they stopped
pronouncing). A lot of the words that
we imported, we didn't make many
changes to; also, we adopted quite a

1UF English Language Institute

English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu
Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu

few spelling patterns from the French
language. English spelling wasn't
actually standardized until the middle of
the 19th Century!

The following are ELI Birthdays for
the period April 18-May 8:

April 22: Haya Alrajab
April 27: Wilasinee Ngamdamrongkiat
April 29: Sangmi Lee
April 29: Ebtisam Binhussein
April 30: Min Park

April 19: David Stephen
April 23: Josh Nantz
May 3: Jen Ramos
May 8: Karen Owens

Man invented language to satisfy his
deep need to complain.
Lily Tomlin

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